I must say, I am sick and tired now of hearing how shit the US Immigration system is detaining and deporting Asian Americans who have greatly contributed to the US. Chong Kim, a South Korean immigrant living in Portland with a green card is one of them.
Kim was arrested in April by immigration agents and is currently in detention in Tacoma, Washington. Her served in the Iraq war during 2009 – 2010, and as a result suffered from PTSD. This altered his behaviour greatly, with him being homeless and struggling with drug addictions. As a result he is now facing convictions of burglary and other charges. Due to his convictions, US Immigration plans to deport Kim back to South Korea. Time Online continues this story:
“It’s just wrong to be deporting an Army veteran,” said Matt Luce, 41, of Troutdale, Oregon, who attended high school with Kim and traveled with three other former classmates to the hearing Wednesday. “Despite his convictions, he was on and continues to be on the right path. This is just a travesty of justice.”
Kim’s attorney, Tim Warden-Hertz of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said that Immigration Judge Theresa Scala found that the government met its burden to show that Kim posed a danger to the public or a risk of flight, though he said she did not explain her rationale in court.
Warden-Hertz planned to appeal the decision, which he said illustrates the difficulty of obtaining bond in the immigration detention system.
U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Wednesday.
In an earlier statement, the agency said Kim had been arrested after “it was determined he has a prior felony conviction in Multnomah County for attempt to commit arson in the first degree, among other charges.”
Kim joined the National Guard in 2005 and served in Iraq in 2009 and 2010 before being honorably discharged. He came to the U.S. more than 35 years ago, at age 5, and he became a legal permanent resident in 1981. He does not speak Korean, his friends have said.
His immigration troubles stem primarily from two incidents — a burglary and another case, which his lawyer described as a “dumb prank,” in which he filled a beer bottle with gasoline, lit it on fire and threw it at a concrete outer wall at the back of a hardware store.
This is very sad, as he is someone who served the US and fought for the country’s safety as well as for freedom, yet, he is now facing deportation for serving this so called country…. he needed help and counselling for his PTSD and addictions. But sadly, the country he served is locking him up and potentially deporting him.
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To read the full article, please click on: An Iraq War Veteran Fighting Deportation Won’t Be Released From Detention